At a ground zero memorial service on Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden joined New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and thousands of people who lost loved ones during the September 11 attacks nine
President Barack Obama attended a memorial at the Pentagon with Defense secretary Robert Gates.
"No other place is as filled with our compassion, our love, and our
solidarity," Bloomberg said. "It is with the strength of these
emotions as well as the concrete, glass, and steel that is brought in
day by day that we will build on the footprints of the past the
foundation of the future."
As has become tradition on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the names of all 2,752 people who lost their lives at the World Trade Center were read aloud.
In a field near Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed, first lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush attended a memorial for the 40 who died there, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
come here today not just as first lady, on behalf of my husband and a
grateful nation. I come as an American, filled with a sense of awe at
the heroism of my fellow citizens," Mrs. Obama said.